Rosecrans Drive-In

8864 E. Century Boulevard,
Paramount, CA 90723

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Rosecrans Drive-In

Opened July 1, 1954, this was triplexed on June 22, 1979 and was demolished in 1993. The 1981 IMPA lists the capacity as 1,600 cars, so it must have been a sizable piece of property.

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MagicLantern on June 18, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Now a WalMart and an Albertsons on the site – pretty big drive-in indeed.

jwmovies on November 17, 2012 at 11:08 am

Address correction: Its just Century Blvd. NOT East.

sighermike on April 8, 2013 at 3:19 pm

I remember seeing Teen Wolf, Fright Night, E.T., Back To The Future, Pee Wee’s Big Adventure, Crocodile Dundee, The Karate Kid, Ghost Busters, Indian Jones and the Temple of Doom, etc. All at this theater in the early mid 80’s. I wish Drive-ins were still a thing. I’m glad the Van Buren Drive-in out in Riverside is still open. My kids have now had the drive-in experience and today it’s still just as much fun as it was when I was a kid.

If I recall correctly, because we went to different ones, this drive-in had a playground in it for the kids. I remember watching one movie with my parents and looking at the screen behind us to watch one of the Friday the 13th movies. —Great memories.

Kenmore on May 3, 2015 at 8:01 pm

The Rosecrans Drive-In was seen in the film, “Attack of the Puppet People”. The back of the drive-in screen is seen around the 18:50 mark of the film.

davidcoppock on March 30, 2017 at 12:37 am

Why was it called Rosecrans?

Scott on March 30, 2017 at 8:52 am

Apparently it was on Rosecrans Avenue. Good thing there isn’t a Rosecrans CA with a Paramount Theatre. It might get confusing.

MichaelKilgore on July 13, 2019 at 7:28 am

A hint of the timing on the triplexing was provided by The Los Angeles Times on June 10, 1979: “The 1,600-car, 25-year-old Rosecrans Drive-In is being remodeled to accommodate three screens and more than 2,000 cars.”

rivest266 on November 23, 2019 at 10:43 am

Reopened with three screens on June 22nd, 1979. No grand opening ad found.

richjr37 on July 9, 2022 at 9:16 pm

Just added a picture of the June 22,1979 ad as a triplex

Fanofcomedy on September 28, 2023 at 12:54 am

Movies i saw at this wonderful legendary drive in: Gremlins, Star Trek 3 The Search For Spock, Beverly Hills Cop, Back To The Future, Commando, The Karate Kid Part 2, Biloxi Blues, The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear.

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